Common Myths About How to Beat a Breathalyzer Test You Shouldn’t Believe

Myth Vs Reality Letter SignIf you are convicted of DUI in Virginia, you face harsh punishments that can include a jail sentence and large fines. To avoid being arrested after being stopped for DUI, you need to raise any defenses you have—including challenging the results of any field sobriety test, breathalyzer test, or blood alcohol level test. However, you should not follow these myths about beating a breathalyzer test because they will not work or help you defend yourself.

Common Myths About Breathalyzer Tests to Avoid

There are many wild stories about how people tricked a breathalyzer test when they were intoxicated. However, these antidotes are not true, and trying these techniques would not help you when taking a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). Here are common myths you do not want to follow:

  • Eating food. Some people incorrectly believe that eating food after consuming alcohol will lower their BAC.
  • Drinking coffee. Another myth you do not want to believe is that drinking coffee will sober you up before you drive. It will not affect your breathalyzer test results.
  • Sucking on a penny. One of the most common myths is that sucking on a copper penny will lower an individual’s BAC. However, pennies are no longer made from copper, and the police would check your mouth before administering the breathalyzer test.
  • Using mouthwash. Using mouthwash or a breath spray could mask the odor of alcohol on your breath. However, it would not reduce your BAC. Mouthwash has a high level of alcohol—sometimes up to 27 percent—and could actually make your BAC results higher.
  • Holding your breath. Do not bother holding your breath before a breathalyzer test. It could cause your BAC level to be higher than it would otherwise be.

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